Shaneka Boucher is the President and Founder of SRTM, a non-profit organization based in Camden, NJ. Shaneka Boucher is a graduate from the University of Phoenix, where she received her Master’s degree in Public Administration. She is also a graduate of Hunter College, where she received her Bachelor’s in Political Science and from The State University of Morrisville, where she received her Associates in Business Administration.
Shaneka has over 15 years of experience in Non-Profit management, Education, Accounting, Community Organizing, Grant Writing, Accounting and Business Consulting. Shaneka gained her experience at United Way, Time Warner, Board Head Inc, CSMI LLC, Greater Camden Partnership, and Prospect Park Alliance. In working for these varied industries, Shaneka found her passion for working to improve the lives of youth. Shaneka founded SRTM with the belief that all students should have access to resources that would allow them to reach their full potential. Shaneka understands that her educational background increased her chances of success and is working diligently through SRTM programs to ensure that others will have the same opportunities.
Shaneka is from Brooklyn, New York, but is currently living in Camden, New Jersey with her daughter Eva who is 10 years old.
Director of Education & Advocacy
Rachel Baker, LSW is the Director of Education & Advocacy of SRTM, a non-profit organization in Camden NJ focused on service, civic engagement and positive mentoring relationships. Rachel is a licensed social worker, youth organizer and educational activist, who has worked in public, residential, and charter schools as an inclusive education teacher, social worker, and director of special education for 10 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from La Salle University and her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, with an emphasis on social justice and education equity. After receiving her MSW, she returned to the classroom to bridge her experience as an educator with her advocacy for the prioritization of social-emotional learning in redirection the school-to-prison pipeline and other adverse effects of punitive discipline policies for youth.
Rachel is the author of the book "The Empower Program K-2: Concrete Strategies for positive Behavioral Support" published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016. She has instituted this program in both public and private elementary and middle school settings. She’s spoken at several national and local conferences including the NAEYC National Conference and Expo and the ASAH Annual Conference and provided professional development for schools and after-school programs. Her ultimate goal is to use The Empower Program to operationalize positive behavioral support and culturally responsive climate for all students in all schools, especially those in less equitable socio-economic settings.
Additionally, she works with individual students and families as an outpatient therapist for the Child Guidance Resource Center in Philadelphia where she provides the same concrete social skills instruction and strategies through individual and family-based therapy. She also works for Montclair State University mentoring in-service teachers in the P-3 Alternate Route Teaching Program.